Missing tourist: 'The longer this goes on, the more worrying it is'

Pauline Gross
December 8, 2018

Police are appealing for anyone who may have seen Grace on Saturday night or may have information on her whereabouts to contact Police on (09) 302 6970.

Grace is a 22-year-old European woman with brown hair and brown eyes. "This is particularly out of character, especially as it was her 22nd birthday on Sunday", said Detective Inspector Beard in a statement.

"Grace has been missing for five days", he wrote.

More than 37,000 people have shared a "missing" poster Mr Millane put on Facebook on Tuesday night, and the family has now set up a new page - Help Find Grace.

Ms Millane is said to have been in New Zealand for about two weeks, and was staying at a backpackers' hostel in Auckland city centre.

She was last seen on Saturday about 7.15pm around SkyCity.

He urged anyone who has seen Millane or knows her to contact police. She had been staying at a backpacker hostel and left some of her belongings there.

He says at the time she was wearing a black dress with white Converse shoes.

Ms Millane, an advertising and marketing graduate who graduated from the University of Lincoln previous year, had spent six weeks travelling with an organised group in South America before going to New Zealand alone.

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Beard said the man is a person of interest in the case, and they are conducting a scene examination at a unit in the hotel.

Beard said Millane's father was on his way to New Zealand.

Michael Millane pleaded for his sister to contact the family.

"We are unable to make further comment while police are investigating the matter".

Relatives, who said they spoke to her "most days", became concerned when she failed to reply to birthday messages on Sunday.

Grace Millane had been in New Zealand for about two weeks. She's approximately 5ft 6in (168cm) in height, and 58kg.

While she was travelling alone, Michael Millane said she had made a lot of friends.

Tony McLeod, consular manager at the British High Commission in Wellington, said the commission were providing consular assistance to the family back in the UK.

On Wednesday, police received a missing person's report regarding the English national, who is now visiting New Zealand on holiday.

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